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Kelsey’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Endometriosis)

Kelsey's Story (Endo)Since the day of my first cycle at the age of 13 I have dealt with excruciating pain, I am now 30 years of age. I missed countless days of school due to pain that would last 4-5 days at a time. For years doctors told me this was normal, and they never did an ultrasound even though I had constant abnormal pap smears. So no answers!

To make a long story short I’ve looked for answers for 2 years because my symptoms became worse after being close to death in the hospital. I went septic, and was rushed to the emergency room with a white cell count over 80,000, and my organ’s began to shut down.

Last week I finally received the answers I needed from my OB/GYN. I have a total of 10 cysts covering both ovaries (one cyst can grow rapidly and cause sepsis). Not only that, but I also have endometriotic cells covering my bowels and ovaries. I am scheduled for laparoscopic surgery December 14th. The urologist is also repairing my bladder and kidneys.

The point of me telling you my story is that women should suffer no longer. If you feel symptoms then you should insist on having an ultrasound by your OB/GYN.

Submitted 11-6-2012

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


  1. I am praying for you Kelsey. It’s so frustrating that so many women go undiagnosed for years while enduring horrible pain. Not only that, but the longer it goes untreated, the more it spreads. I have had 4 surgeries for my endometriosis and they had to remove all of my female organs, a section of my abdominal wall and part of my pelvic bone. I have been pain free for just over a year now. I hope you get relief from the pain as well.

  2. Good luck Kelsey…mine started with my 1st period also at “10 1/2” yrs of age. No one listened to me until I was 40. My OBGYN cried harder that I did…. he was so ashamed that no one would listen to me. One more year and I would have died as the tissue had reached my lungs. I will never regret having all female organs removed. When they were done I had over 35 fibroid tumors removed I had a softball size cyst on my left ovary and my right ovary was attached to my spine. (which is now full of arthritis due to the scraping)…I felt very “lucky” as no cancer showed in any of it. Early menopause takes time to get used to…but I thank God every day that I finally got some relief. I wish you luck!

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